These Are The 10 Best Cities For Hippies In New York


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You might think that the whole hippie movement has faded away, but the truth is, there are plenty of hippies out there in New York.

While they aren’t necessarily in your face all the time with war protests and the next Woodstock isn’t being planned any time soon, we thought it would be fun to look at which cities in the Empire State where the most hippies would live.

And, after crunching the data, you know what? It was pretty spot on, we have to say.

How do you decide where the most hippies live? By the number of yoga studios, organic markets, and most importantly, where the liberals live in droves.

Using that criteria, it’s not hard to scrape the internet, run some scientific data on where hippies might live in New York, and then put out a list.

So, put on your tie dye shirt and your sandals as you go through this list with us.

After analyzing all cities with a decent amount of people in them, we came up with this list of the 10 best cities for hippies in New York:

  1. Irvington (Photos)
  2. Pelham Manor
  3. Bronxville (Photos)
  4. Larchmont (Photos)
  5. Pelham (Photos)
  6. Hastings-On-Hudson (Photos)
  7. North Hills
  8. Williamsville (Photos)
  9. Colonie (Photos)
  10. Williston Park (Photos)

Read on below to see where your town ranked, young flower child.

And if you already knew these places were hippie heavens, check out the best places to live in New York or the safest places to live in New York.

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How do you determine the most beatnik city in New York?

In order to rank the best cities for hippies in New York, we had to determine what criteria defines a hippie.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the Google Places API, the Census’s 2010-2014 American Community Survey, and Voter Registration data, this is the criteria we used:

  • Number of yoga studios per capita
  • Number of organic markets per capita
  • Number of pet adoption centers per capita
  • Number of vegan restaurants per capita
  • Number of thrift stores per capita
  • Each city’s liberal voting population

Note: For the sake of getting reliable numbers, we counted places within a ~4.5 mile radius of a city’s center. The average city in America is about 18 square miles.

All of these results are listed in a per capita basis, meaning number of stores per person in a city. Additionally, we limited the analysis to non-CDPs that have over 5,000 people.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 169 in each category, where 1 was the most hippie.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a hippie index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the highest hippie index the ‘Best City for Hippies In New York.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Irvington.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in hippie central. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the places in the state from hippiest to most square.

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1. Irvington

Irvington, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 4.92
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 2.15
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 1.69
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 1.84
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 3.69
Irvington, sometimes known as Irvington-on-Hudson, is an affluent suburban village in the town of Greenburgh in Westchester County, New York, United States. It is located on the eastern bank of the Hudson River, 20 miles (32 km) north of midtown Manhattan in New York City, and is served by a station stop on the Metro-North Hudson Line. To the north of Irvington is the village of Tarrytown, to the south the village of Dobbs Ferry, and to the east unincorporated parts of Greenburgh, including East Irvington. Irvington includes within its boundaries the community of Ardsley-on-Hudson, which has its own ZIP code and Metro-North station, but which should not be confused with the nearby village of Ardsley, New York.

2. Pelham Manor



Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 4.33
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 1.44
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 1.81
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 1.44
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 3.61
Pelham Manor is a village located in Westchester County, New York, United States. As of the 2010 census, the village had a total population of 5,486. It is located in the town of Pelham.

3. Bronxville

Bronxville, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 3.76
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 2.35
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 1.72
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 1.25
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 3.61
Bronxville /brksvl/ is a village in Westchester County, New York, located about 15 miles (24 km) north of midtown Manhattan. It is part of the town of Eastchester. The village comprises 1 square mile (2.5 km2) of land in its entirety, approximately 20% of the town of Eastchester. As of the 2010 U.S. census, Bronxville had a population of 6,323. As of 2016, Bronxville was rated the number one most expensive suburb around America’s ten largest cities by CNBC with a median home value of $2.33 million. In 2017 it was ranked 8th in Bloomberg’s ‘America’s 100 Richest Places’.

4. Larchmont

Larchmont, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 3.7
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 1.18
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 1.68
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 1.01
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 2.35
Larchmont is a village located within the Town of Mamaroneck in Westchester County, New York, approximately 18 miles (29 km) northeast of Midtown Manhattan. The population of the village was 5,864 at the 2010 census.

5. Pelham

Pelham, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 2.58
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 1.43
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 1.15
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 1.15
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 3.15
Pelham /plm/ is a suburban town in Westchester County, New York, approximately 14 miles northeast of Midtown Manhattan. As of the 2010 census, it had a population of 12,396. Historically, Pelham was composed of five villages and became known as ‘the Pelhams’. Pelham currently contains two independently incorporated villages: the Villages of Pelham and Pelham Manor, Approximately 28 minutes away from Grand Central Terminal by the Metro-North train, Pelham is home to many New York City commuters and has an active social community for its residents. Notably, the Whitestone Bridge is approximately 8.5 miles (14 km) south of the town and can be reached in 10-15 minutes without traffic. It is also 13 miles (21 km) northeast of LaGuardia Airport, which can be reached in 20-25 minutes without traffic and John F. Kennedy International Airport, the city’s main international airport, is 19.5 miles (31 km) south of the town.

6. Hastings-On-Hudson

Hastings-On-Hudson, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 3.16
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 1.64
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 1.14
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 2.28
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 1.64

7. North Hills



Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 6.64
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 1.76
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 2.15
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 2.15
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 3.12
North Hills is a village in Nassau County, New York in the United States. The population was 5,075 at the 2010 census.

8. Williamsville

Williamsville, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 2.46
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 1.7
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 1.51
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 1.51
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 4.16
Williamsville is a village in Erie County, New York, in the United States. The population was 5,300 at the 2010 census. The village is named after Jonas Williams, an early settler. It is part of the Buffalo–Niagara Falls Metropolitan Statistical Area.

9. Colonie

Colonie, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 2.41
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 0.89
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 1.14
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 0.89
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 1.91
Colonie /klni/ is a town in Albany County, New York, United States. It is the most populous suburb of Albany, New York, and is the third largest town in area in Albany County, occupying about 11% of the county. Several hamlets exist within the town. As of the 2010 census, the town had a total population of 81,591.

10. Williston Park

Williston Park, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Yoga Studios Per 1,000 People: 3.14
Organic Markets Per 1,000 People: 1.37
Pet Adoption Centers Per 1,000 People: 1.5
Vegan Restaurants Per 1,000 People: 1.5
Thrift Stores Per 1,000 People: 2.6
Williston Park is an incorporated village in Nassau County, New York in the United States. The population was 7,287 at the 2010 census.

There You Have It — The Hippies Of New York

If you’re measuring the locations in New York where there are lots of liberals, and there are many options for vegan food, yoga and thrift stores, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious, here are the most square places in New York:

  1. Johnstown
  2. Rome
  3. Middletown

For more New York reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Hippiest Cities In New York

City Rank Population
Irvington 1 6,506
Pelham Manor 2 5,539
Bronxville 3 6,378
Larchmont 4 5,952
Pelham 5 6,984
Hastings-On-Hudson 6 7,905
North Hills 7 5,122
Williamsville 8 5,286
Colonie 9 7,869
Williston Park 10 7,319
Sea Cliff 11 5,012
Great Neck Plaza 12 6,823
Dobbs Ferry 13 11,001
Lawrence 14 6,511
East Hills 15 7,025
Malverne 16 8,544
Kings Point 17 5,076
New Hyde Park 18 9,764
Nyack 19 6,857
Manorhaven 20 6,638
Cedarhurst 21 6,631
Solvay 22 6,514
East Rockaway 23 9,861
Rensselaer 24 9,476
Briarcliff Manor 25 7,783
Watervliet 26 10,250
Sleepy Hollow 27 10,002
Farmingdale 28 8,306
Wappingers Falls 29 5,377
Hudson 30 6,658
North Syracuse 31 6,659
Kenmore 32 15,334
Scotia 33 7,742
New Hempstead 34 5,240
Great Neck 35 10,052
Fairport 36 5,364
Pleasantville 37 7,090
Webster 38 5,528
Westbury 39 15,201
Rye Brook 40 9,456
Mount Kisco 41 11,016
Floral Park 42 16,190
Bayville 43 6,724
Scarsdale 44 17,471
Mineola 45 18,918
East Rochester 46 6,687
New Square 47 7,328
Chestnut Ridge 48 8,035
Northport 49 7,417
Mamaroneck 50 19,133
New Paltz 51 6,945
Lake Grove 52 11,235
Lynbrook 53 19,517
Beacon 54 14,437
Hudson Falls 55 7,266
Rockville Centre 56 24,128
Wesley Hills 57 5,779
Depew 58 15,262
Amityville 59 9,551
Cohoes 60 16,195
Airmont 61 8,770
Croton-On-Hudson 62 8,168
Lancaster 63 10,314
Massapequa Park 64 17,137
Rye 65 15,892
Kingston 66 23,707
Babylon 67 12,177
Lackawanna 68 18,037
Hamburg 69 9,482
Patchogue 70 12,045
Goshen 71 5,417
Harrison 72 27,822
Warwick 73 6,783
Ballston Spa 74 5,298
Monroe 75 8,493
Saranac Lake 76 6,055
Horseheads 77 6,593
Valley Stream 78 37,764
Mechanicville 79 5,207
Port Jefferson 80 7,789
Glens Falls 81 14,574
East Aurora 82 6,255
Ithaca 83 30,399
Hempstead 84 54,801
Baldwinsville 85 7,655
Freeport 86 43,168
Port Chester 87 29,275
Mount Vernon 88 67,962
West Haverstraw 89 10,308
Plattsburgh 90 19,840
Haverstraw 91 12,060
Newburgh 92 28,614
Suffern 93 10,864
Lindenhurst 94 27,303
Poughkeepsie 95 30,716
Monticello 96 6,780
White Plains 97 57,505
Waterloo 98 5,178
Herkimer 99 7,752
Endicott 100 13,216
Hilton 101 5,954
Glen Cove 102 27,161
Long Beach 103 33,522
Ilion 104 7,968
Canandaigua 105 10,532
Walden 106 6,919
Albany 107 98,287
Oneonta 108 13,906
Washingtonville 109 5,837
New Rochelle 110 78,476
Potsdam 111 9,577
Saratoga Springs 112 26,998
Cortland 113 19,218
Brockport 114 8,398
Spring Valley 115 32,007
Malone 116 5,866
North Tonawanda 117 31,245
Peekskill 118 23,875
Geneseo 119 8,043
Johnstown 120 8,552
Middletown 121 27,904
Ossining 122 25,232
Ogdensburg 123 11,029
Canton 124 6,600
Kiryas Joel 125 21,201
Johnstown 126 8,552
Mastic Beach 127 14,880
Port Jervis 128 8,736
Oswego 129 18,119
Troy 130 49,965
Auburn 131 27,369
Massena 132 10,937
Geneva 133 13,202
Yonkers 134 198,654
Medina 135 5,962
Corning 136 11,108
Binghamton 137 46,771
Norwich 138 7,080
Watertown 139 27,590
Fredonia 140 10,988
Albion 141 5,799
Schenectady 142 66,055
Syracuse 143 144,648
Olean 144 14,232
Rochester 145 210,461
Newark 146 9,019
Niagara Falls 147 49,679
New York 148 8,354,889
Penn Yan 149 5,011
Batavia 150 15,274
Dunkirk 151 12,386
Lockport 152 20,957
Chittenango 153 5,052
Hornell 154 8,508
Buffalo 155 259,959
Jamestown 156 30,799
Amsterdam 157 18,348
Elmira 158 29,046
Oneida 159 11,290
Fulton 160 11,786
Bath 161 5,747
Canton 162 6,600
Gloversville 163 15,395
Utica 164 61,852
Rome 165 33,161
Salamanca 166 5,717
Middletown 167 27,904
Rome 168 33,161
Johnstown 169 8,552

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